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Luces de emergencia: A reading with author and UNC Professor Oswaldo Estrada
October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Join us on October 17th at 5pm for a reading with Professor Oswaldo Estrada to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Professor Estrada will be reading from his collection of short stories, Luces de emergencia.
About Professor Estrada:
Oswaldo Estrada’s research focuses on otherness, coloniality, gender studies, and the representation of violence. He is the author and editor of several books of literary and cultural criticism, including the award winning Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation (2019 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title). In 2020, he won the International Latino and Latin American Book Fair Prize for Las locas ilusiones y otros relatos de migración (Axiara, 2020). In 2020, he also received an award for one of his short stories from the University of Guadalajara Press, and two major awards from the 2020 International Latino Book Awards for his collection of short stories, Luces de emergencia (Valparaíso USA, 2019, 2020), and for his edited volume, Incurables: relatos de dolencias y males (Ars Communis, 2020).
About Luces de emergencia:
The characters in these stories ask for help in many ways. They suffer from terminal illnesses or profound psychological trauma. Political, domestic violence pursues them. They yearn to escape to other worlds, to set out on a pilgrimage. To grow roots in new lands. To be reborn. Or to die without anyone knowing. Suffering is described from the perspective of a child who crosses several borders in search of refuge. From a mother who cannot overcome the abuse of yesterday. Or beside two old men exiled to an asylum. There are women who try to break the bonds of their emotional dependence and men who await the fulfilment of a prophesy. All together they appear in each fiction searching for an emergency exit.